This is a dish from the predominantly Muslim city of Lucknow in North India and dates back hundreds of years to the era of the Nawab-Wazirs (who governed what was known as the state of Awadh at the time). The Nawabs were the royal leaders that followed the great Mughlai era and they were renowned for their great excess. This rich dish of yoghurt, cream, nuts and sultanas is that certainly one that fits the bill.
What you need… • 800g chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice • 3 Tablespoons oil • 1.5 onions, pureed • 1 Tablespoon curry powder • 1 teaspoon garam masala • 150ml cream • 1 Tablespoon sultanas • 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds • small handful fresh coriander (chop up the stems to add to the curry and set aside the leaves for garnish) • 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional, if you like it sweeter) • salt to taste (remember there is salt in the marinade)
How you make it… 1. Rub the chicken with the lemon juice and leave for 10 minutes. 2. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade, add the chicken, mix well and leave for 1 hour. 3. Heat the oil in a pan to a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. 4. Add the curry powder and garam masala and cook for 2 minutes. 5. Add the chicken and marinade and cook for 3 minutes. 6. Add the cream, sultanas and almonds, mix well and cook for 2 minutes. 7. Add the coriander stems, (optional) sugar and salt if needed, mix well and continue cooking until all the chicken pieces are fully cooked. 8. Sprinkle the coriander leaves on top and serve.